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Arkansas’ First Radio Station


In November of 1922, Harvey Couch, founder of Arkansas Power and Light (APL), now Entergy Arkansas, organized a radio demonstration for the Pine Bluff Rotary Club.

Following this demonstration, Couch began building his own antenna and working to air Arkansas’ first radio station.

His station, “Workers of Kilowatts” (WOK), went on air for the first time on Feb. 18, 1922. Because the station was funded fully by APL, it was commercial free and featured broadcast bulletins, sermons, sports and concerts.

Due to financial strain, in June of 1924 WOK was permanently shut down. The Arkansas radio legacy created lives on.

– Alfred Warren, Ghidotti Communications

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